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Boston Blazers Sports and Entertainment Career Fair January 28th

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Boston Blazers Career Fair

 

The Boston Blazers are hosting a Sports and Entertainment Career Fair on January 28th, 2011 from 10 a.m-12 p.m at the TD Garden in Boston, MA. Tickets are $15 and include a ticket to the Boston Blazers vs. Philadelphia Wings game that evening. These tickets must be purchased before January 27th at 5:00 p.m.

More than 20 professional teams and entertainment companies will be in attendance including:

  • Boston Blazers
  • New England Patriots
  • New England Revolution
  • Radio 850 WEEI
  • New England Riptide
  • Wilbur Theater
  • New Hampshire Fishercats
  • Connecticut Sun (of the WNBA)
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Lowell Spinners
  • Major League Lacrosse
  • Boston Cannons
  • and many more major and minor league teams, along with collegiate organizations

Organizations are looking to hire from all different educational backgrounds including Sport Management, Marketing, Communications and more. Interviews for jobs and internships will be given on the spot!

For more information, please contact the Boston Blazers at 617-904-0600, Ext. 140 or see the Blazers Career Fair website or find this event on LinkedIn.

Webinar: Career Opportunities in Sport Management

June 8, 2010 1 comment

This free webinar will be aired by American Public University. They will be discussing the various opportunities for careers in the sport management field. This will be useful for anyone interested in sports or sport management who is looking to either change career paths, or who wants to further themselves in the industry. Check it out and see for yourself. Hey, it can’t hurt, after all it is free. It will take place on Wednesday, June 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you can’t make that time, you should still sign up, as they will provide you with a link to watch a recording of the webinar after it has aired.

Here is the link:

Career Opportunities in Sport Management

Note: You don’t have to be affiliated or even enrolled at the school to take part in the webinar. You simply have to fill out a bit about yourself (i.e. name, email, state) and when asked, select that you are not enrolled at the school (if that is the case).

Recommended readings for sport management and business professionals

Here are a few readings I would recommend. Some of these I have read in school and others I have read in my free time, but regardless, they are all useful resources and can teach you valuable lessons that can be applied to your career.

  • The Game Starts Here – Lewis Howes  (“How to take your career to the next level in the sports industry.” I couldn’t find a link for this, but the book is contributed to by the authors at SportsNetworker so you can check that site out as well)
  • Linked Working – Lewis Howes (This book is all about using LinkedIn to further your career. I threw this one in there because I cannot stress enough how important being on LinkedIn is for any professional, regardless of their field)
  • Good to Great – Jim Collins (Can help companies that are already in existence improve their practices, along with help set up companies for success)
  • Crush It! – Gary Vaynerchuk (Great all-around book, written about wine production, yet contains so many direct connections to the professional world. Useful for improving personal practices and learning to self-promote and further your business)

Enjoy! If you have any suggested readings, leave them in the comments section. Hope you find these useful!


An update on the colored resume dilemma

April 12, 2010 1 comment

In the days before the career fair, I was seriously contemplating whether or not I wanted to bring some colored resume’s to give to the big organizations. In the end I decided against it, but I did wonder what the reactions would be. I took action and asked a few of the different representatives at various organizations how they would react upon receiving a colored resume. The results were mixed.

One representative said that it would make a good conversational piece and be a great way to start talking. It also shows personality. If you have a good elevator speech down pat that you can bring into play upon handing the rep a colored resume, then do it!

It would be pointless to mail in a colored resume, however, which was another response. I had no intentions of doing this, but it is a good point to address. The colored resume is only effective (if at all) in a big crowd. If a person at any job receives one single resume in the mail that is lime green, they are going to think it is a joke. There is no need to do that, as they are not receiving hundreds at a time.

The responses by the people I talked to were different. Some would be interested, others thought it would be silly. It comes down to the person who you are talking to and their personal view on the issue. Everyone is going to have a different take on it. Also, it seems that it would be more effective on younger representatives and employers, as (no offense to the older generations) they seem to be more open minded towards different things.

If you have the ability to support your case after handing the resume in, then by all means go for it. If you just hand in a green resume and can’t articulate your reason for doing so or how it can translate into your ability to work for that company, then it probably isn’t a good idea to do so. The prime place to do so would probably be at a career fair.

I have to say I wish I had tried it out, however, there is no use in dwelling on the past. Next career fair, depending on the setting, the companies present, and my need for a job, might be different!

What do you think about the idea? Give some feedback in the Comment section.

I think this might start a trend. You heard it here first.

THE COLORED RESUME IS A DAN SULLIVAN IDEA!

Recap of the Career Fair at Gillette Stadium

April 11, 2010 2 comments

The career fair at Gillette Stadium, in my opinion, was less useful than the lecture. Career fairs in general are a difficult place to get attention from an employer, especially because there are so many people there. The lines for some of the organizations present were hundreds of people long, which is potentially hours of waiting. Each person gives a resume and talks a bit about the job/internship opportunities. It is very difficult to stand out, get all your questions answered and make a good impression all in such a short time. By the end of one of these job fair’s companies like ESPN could easily have 350 resumes, along with having talked to hundreds of applicants. What are the chances of remembering every single applicant? Basically none. This is the problem with career fairs.

I feel that it would be much more beneficial to speak to someone within an organization at another time, other than at a job fair. You will have more time (depending on their schedule) to speak with them, be able to make more of a connection and be able to hand in a resume alone (without 350 others).

I have to admit, when we began to walk around at the job fair, I was shocked at how many people were lined up in certain areas. Some of the big name organizations present were: the Boston Celtics, Eastern College Athletic Conference, ESPN, New England Revolution, and New England Patriots. The lines for each one of these organizations were very long, having waits that could have been up to a couple hours. I was pretty disappointed by this, seeing that I could not give in my resume or talk to a representative unless I waited for hours.

The end result was Nick (my good friend and fellow Sport Management student at Endicott College) and I decided to leave temporarily and come back for the New England Revolution game. We stayed at the actual career fair for only about a half hour. We visited a couple different booths, such as the Lowell Devils, 98.5 The Sports Hub, and Radio 850 WEEI. I think the funniest part about the career fair is I left my college with 13 printed copies of my resume. I was worried I would not have enough, since it couldn’t hurt to just give out the resume. I returned with 11. The lines were too long at most of the places for us to be interested in waiting. I want to get individual attention, not just be another face in the crowd.

Soon to come: Update on the Resume question and Revolution game recap.

Recap of the Sport Management Lecture at Gillette Stadium

April 11, 2010 1 comment

Yesterday, I attended the Sport Management and Entertainment Executive Lecture and Career Fair at Gillette Stadium. There were around 500 attendees and the lecture featured four different speakers: Brian Bilello, Jennifer Ferron, Stacey James, and Murray Kohl. I enjoyed the lecture as it was good to hear some stories about how different people in management positions arrived there. Nothing groundbreaking came up, but it was informative. They put a lot of emphasis on networking. At the lecture, I took a few notes on the back of my program about some of the interesting pointers they had.

An interesting thing that I noticed was the common theme about not necessarily starting in sports. Several of the speakers did not get their break in sports, as they started in other areas, such as communications, engineering, and economics. Many of them also did not get their big break by joining a professional or even semi-professional sports team. This is an important thing to understand for myself and other similar young sport management and sport business professionals. It is important to work your way up into the industry, as it is impractical to think you will start out earning lots of money at some big name organization like the New England Patriots.

A question was asked about interviewing for a potential job at a big time organization and whether or not they had any advice. The main thing was to put your feelings and emotions as a fan behind you when interviewing and working at a job. When an employee has strong feelings for an organization, and has trouble putting their “fan side” behind them, they often lose touch of their purpose at the organization. You are not joining the organization to get closer to it, you are there to work, further their business, and help the organization grow. People who are focused on being a fan, rather than being a valuable employee lose sight of their job, which severely detracts from their performance and ability to positively impact the organization. They need to focus on what their job entails, not the fact that it is your favorite team and favorite players.

The importance of networking could not have been stressed enough throughout the duration of the lecture (which lasted about an hour). A major point was the need to call people in different organizations, get an idea of their job, and build a rapport with them. By simply reaching out, asking questions, and putting yourself out there, you can create a very positive relationship with various people. It is important to talk to the right people, however, and ask the right questions. If you go up to a random person who works security for the Patriots, chances are they won’t be of much help to you. Talking to the head of human relations, however, would be a different story. Don’t just ask what openings they have for jobs. You need to get information about what their job is, why they like it, and how they got there. By calling and asking for advice, you get the attention of important people in whatever organization(s) you talk to. In getting their attention, although they may not have openings at the current time, they may be more likely to call you later when jobs do open up.  It is also good to ask for suggestions, as a potential in the field, about what you can do to break into the industry. That leads me to my next point.

A question was asked about what some tips are for getting your foot in the door (for a young professional attempting to enter the sport business field). The answer was, “Networking, luck, get out there, stand out in the crowd, be prepared and be different.” They went on to say it is important to join organizations, which is a great opportunity to meet people. Another important thing to do is volunteer your time. By doing this, you get your name out and gain valuable experience in the field. This is a great way to improve your resume (through volunteer experiences).

In interviewing, the most important thing is to prepare. Do your research on the organization. This is very important, as you need to know the organization in and out. If you are interviewing for a job with your favorite sports team, they don’t want to know the fact that they have won three Super Bowl Championships in the last 10 years, they want to know what you can do to improve their organization. They don’t want sports nuts, they want good employees who are valuable to the organization.

The lecture was fun and interesting. It was great to hear some opinions of professionals in the field that I am looking to enter. I hope this recap is of help to you.

Upcoming articles: Recap of the career fair, update on the colored resume question, and a recap of the Revolution game.

Dressed for the lecture and career fair

Article review: “How LinkedIn will fire up your career”

How LinkedIn will fire up your career

The link is for an article titled “How LinkedIn will fire up your career,” which is written by Jessi Hempel on Money.CNN.com. It is a great piece expressing the importance of using the networking tool LinkedIn. For those who have never heard of it, LinkedIn is a great way to keep in touch with other professionals who you know and have met in the past. It is a social networking site, similar to Facebook, yet geared more towards professionals. In the article the author has a couple very powerful quotes. “To put a sharper point on it: If you don’t have a profile on LinkedIn you’re nowhere.” He later goes on to say “If you’re serious about managing your career, the only social site that really matters in LinkedIn.” Recently I created a LinkedIn account and have already begun to see the importance and use of it. By joining groups and introducing yourself you can get your name out to a large amount of people. There are so many opportunities to networking it is great. There are countless numbers of groups, geared towards basically any topic. I have joined several groups geared towards Sport Management in the Boston area, along with other groups for local professionals in general. I can already see the difference it has made, as in just a few days, I have made several valuable new connections. I would definitely recommend this article for anyone who is skeptical. The site also works off of using the connections that you are connected with. This is the whole idea of “a friend of a friend.” Take for instance that I am interested in getting a job at a particular company. I can search Jobs on LinkedIn and the results will show all of the employees of that job with profiles. Some of them will have numbers next to their name which dictates their degree. A first degree is someone who is a part of my network (one of my contacts). A second degree would be someone who is a contact of one of my contacts. If I find this particular job, and see there is a second degree contact, one of the tools of the site is I can ask for an “Introduction.” By asking for this, I request an introduction from the contact in my network to the one I am interested in meeting. This method can make it much easier to get connected. Try it out for yourselves! If you want to find my personal profile on LinkedIn, it can be found at the bottom of this post. Feel free to add me to your network or send a message with any questions, concerns or comments.

Enjoy the article and tell me what you think. There will be more to come!

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dan-sullivan/18/5b/a0b

(copy and paste the link above into your web browser to view my LinkedIn profile)